Well we were so busy on Camp 2016, having one of the best camps we’ve ever been on, we only got the blog up to Monday July 4th!
So what else did we get up too??
Tuesday July 5th
This was our big day out – one day on each camp we plan a big day out, to a major attraction or a big city. This year we went to Zugspitze (highest mountain in Germany). It was a very early start for the house and we were on the road by 6:35am to get an early train. We arrived in Germany and to the Zugspitze cog wheel train. The Bavarian Zugspitze Railway took us to the Zugspitzplatt, from where the Eibsee cable car takes passengers to the top. It was an incredible site to behold once you took the final few steps to the top and out on to a huge viewing platform. Check out our photos and some videos of the day on our Facebook page.
There was great photo opportunities and a chance for some snacks at the top and we stayed for over an hour. We also had some fun on the snow before we headed back down!!!
We took a drive to the town of Füssen, which is about 5km from the Austria/German border to spend the afternoon shopping and getting lunch.
That evening back at the house a meeting was called where the next activity was explained; a 2 day overnight hike!
Wednesday July 6th & Thursday July 7th
Wednesday morning everyone boarded the bus, packed for a major hike and an overnight up a mountain. Everyone was brought to the Tannheim valley to the foot of the Tannheim mountains near Reutte. A stunning lake district is where the group began their hike. An unbelievable experience for our Scouts and Venture Scouts where after a few hours of hiking they came to their mountain hut and stayed overnight.
The mountain hut isn’t a fair description of the accommodation that night; these are large cabins dotted around the mountain, staffed by guides and provide shelter, bedding and hot meals for hikers. We had a prearranged booking in our hut where we had dinner Wednesday night and breakfast on Thursday morning before heading back down the other side of the mountain and to the town of Stanzach.
The hike was a serious one, some very steep descents too but everyone helped each other along and from the most experienced hiker to the newest scout it was something they’ll never forget.
That night, even though some people were exhausted we took everyone to Schützengilde Stanzach for our evening activity. It was an indoor shooting range with pellet rifles. 47th Scout Kim turned out to be a serious marks-woman with a 93% accuracy rate… watch out world!
Friday July 8th
Friday was what we called our ‘local day’ or ‘time out day’; The Scouts and Venture Scouts (and a few leaders) had a well earned sleep in that morning. Everyone headed for a kick around down on the local pitch, then we had an easy lunch and finally as a treat headed into Füssen for shopping for the afternoon.
After dinner we had been invited by the locals of Elmen to a traditional Austrian Tyrolean music night. It all started around 7.30pm with a small band parading around the streets of our local village. We joined everyone in the newly build school hall about an hour later for live traditional Austrian music and dance. It was a great way to finish off a very relaxed day
Saturday July 9th
Having had beautiful sun and temperatures ranging to the high 20’s so far we woke to find water in the form of droplets from atmospheric water vapor seemed to have fallen from the sky overnight; This didn’t last too long and while it was a cloudy day it was a break from the heat we had been having. Our Venture Scouts headed off Canyoning and our Scouts went swimming in the very nice pool in Reutte.
It was good for the Venture Scouts to have an activity to themselves, gave them a little more freedom and I’m sure the Scouts enjoyed the few hours away from the Ventures too! The canyoning turned out to be a highlight for a number of our Venture Scouts and was an activity they would have liked to have done again. The took a very short hike to the location and got stuck in, there as some caving, abseiling and canyoning all rolled into the one activity.
That evening back in Elmen it was onsite games in the local pitch along with board games and card games back in the house.
Sunday July 10th
On the Sunday morning our Scouts, Venture Scouts & Scouters had a unique challenge… to make it across Austria’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge; 200-meter long bridge that crosses Höhenbach Canyon at an incredible 110 meters above ground. After a short 20 minute walk to the bridge it was all across, some closed their eyes and did it, others enjoyed the unbelievable views and scenery from such a height before coming back down and boarding the bus once more.
After the short stop in Holzgau we all headed to Haiming where everyone got an opportunity to go White Water Rafting. It was one of the hottest days we had on camp and the water activities were a welcome distraction. We’ve some great shots that we’ll put up online in the next few days.
A very relaxed final night in Austria was then had. We had a late dinner, played card games, streamed the Euro2016 final and some of us watched an incredible lightening storm. We believe it was the Lechtal Valleys way of saying goodbye to it’s Irish visitors
Camp 2016 wasn’t over yet; more of our adventures from when we left Austria still to come….